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Hawaii Tourism Authority Hosting Global Summit September 19-21 in Honolulu

Highlighting the future of sustainability, culture, and global marketing innovation in one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

Posted on Mon, Jul 31st, 2017 11:05 am by joyoftravel.ca news services

(TORONTO, ON) – Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the three-day Global Tourism Summit takes place September 19-21 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Participants can register via the dedicated website, www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com, and choose from one of several options to attend the conference being held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Sustainability is the theme of this year's summit and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism will be a featured topic of the presentations. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions, with the collective focus on improving tourism in Hawaii and abroad.

George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, said, "The core objective of the Global Tourism Summit is the collaboration and sharing of knowledge to make tourism stronger and better for the Hawaiian Islands and the industry as a whole. Tourism has stakeholders in all walks of life and all around the world and we are encouraging anyone interested in seeing this global industry succeed to participate in the summit, share their insight, and be part of this greater effort for everyone's future benefit."

Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:

Individuals: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $325, a savings of $70

Groups of 8 or More: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $300 per person, a savings of $65 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the conference)

Student and Faculty Members: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $150

Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 19-20: $275

Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 20-21: $265

"We want to be flexible and provide interested attendees, especially those from Hawaii, with options that allow them to participate in the Global Tourism Summit in a way that best meshes with their daily work responsibilities," said Szigeti.

Billy Beane, whose statistical methodology helped revolutionize major league baseball and inspired the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, will present the opening keynote address at the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, September 19.

The Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon is a highlight event of the opening day. The festive luncheon in the Center’s ballroom will feature live music, a video tribute to the worldwide voyage of Hokulea, and remarks from Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Hokulea’s crew circled the world sailing approximately 40,300 nautical miles, stopping in more than 150 ports, and visiting 23 countries and territories. In completing Malama Honua (which means “to care for our Earth”), Hokulea’s crew shared its message worldwide on the significance of perpetuating native cultures and protecting natural resources, especially the ocean environment.

Information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is also available online at the dedicated website. A complete listing of sessions, programs and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

Formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, HTA changed the name to the Global Tourism Summit to more accurately reflect Hawaii's emergence as a leader in international travel and tourism.

About the Hawaii Tourism Authority
The Hawaii Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawaii's marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA's goal is to optimize tourism's benefits for Hawaii, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawaii's leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism's success.